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Panic at the Team O: Asia jaunt delayed for Demcare

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 12, 2010 09:37 AM

The No-mentum is getting to the White House. News is breaking out all over that President Obama will be delaying his trip to Asia from Thursday to March 21. It’s also being reported that the First Lady and his daughters, who had planned to accompany him, will no longer be traveling with him. Jake Tapper writes:

“The President will delay leaving for Indonesia and Australia – will now leave Sunday – the First Lady and the girls will not be on the trip,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs sent out on twitter this morning.

Gibbs had expressed irritation yesterday with a question during the daily press briefing about this trip being something of a vacation for the family, with Sasha and Malia on spring break.

“It’s not a vacation at all,” he said back to a reporter.

Touchy, touchy.

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The latest on the Demcare devolution…

NYT headline: Democrats Struggle to Finish Health Bill

TPM: MA Dem. Michael Capuano leaning no

Pollsters Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen: You’re on the march of folly, Dems

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Ed Morrissey reminds us what happened last time Obama went to Asia:

He doesn’t have the votes. As with Nancy Pelosi’s bravado, the deadline turned out to be a façade. If they had the votes, the bill would be on the floor now. Not only do they not have the votes now, it seems likely they won’t have the votes next week, either — which is why Obama’s pushing back his long-awaited trip to Indonesia.

This could also be a lesson learned by the White House. Last year, while Congress writhed in agony over ObamaCare, the President took time out to tour Asia — and came back with nothing for the effort but a bow to Japanese Emperor Akihito. Obama took a tremendous amount of criticism for absenting himself for a sightseeing tour while leaving Democrats in Congress to do his dirty work. If they don’t have the votes by March 21st, Obama may have to reconsider the trip altogether.

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The open-borders caucus looks like it’s really going to bolt, via The Hill:

The healthcare bill’s immigration provisions are enough to spur Hispanic members of Congress to vote against it, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Thursday.

Gutierrez, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in which he serves as chairman of its Immigration Task Force, said the caucus still has concerns over the extent to which the healthcare bill excludes illegal immigrants as well as legal residents from receiving benefits in the healthcare plan.

“They are enough to say I can’t support this bill,” Gutierrez said during an appearance on MSNBC.

Gutierrez and other members of the CHC to express concerns about the immigration provisions in the bill, about which they’ve begun to speak out more forcefully as a vote on healthcare approaches.

The Illinois congressman, who was an early supporter of President Barack Obama’s run for the Oval Office, said that the immigration provisions were very unlike the president, and suggested someone in the White House had urged him to back more stringent provisions on immigration.

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